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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2011): Social housing - overseas

Affordable housing and housing affordability

D. MacLennan and M. Stephens (guest editors)

Housing Studies, vol. 26, 2011, p. 971-1127

This themed section draws together seven papers on:

  • The impact of large-scale reforms to the Dutch housing system
  • The rise and fall of 'planning gain' as a mechanism for delivering affordable housing through the English planning system
  • Low-income tenants in England's growing and deregulated private rented sector
  • The relationship between 'housing poverty' and income poverty in England and the Netherlands
  • The downward trend in home ownership among younger Australians who have been priced out of the market
  • The Department for Communities and Local Government Affordability Model, developed in the wake of the Barker Review of housing supply
  • Acute housing stress in Australia, defined as occurring when net housing costs exceed 30% of household income.

After the global financial crisis: housing policy and markets

P. Williams and A. Beer (guest editors)

Housing Studies, vol. 26, 2011, p. 1129-1249

The global financial crisis struck in 2008 and its impacts have continued to reverberate through the world economy ever since. It has raised many questions about the operation and regulation of housing and financial markets globally as well as in individual countries, many of which remain unanswered. This themed section has been built around outputs from a seminar organised to discuss how the crisis might have impacted on housing markets and housing policy in three countries, Australia, New Zealand and the UK. The papers in the collection show that the seeds of the collapse had been planted over many years. Many of those basic problems remain unsolved. Issues such as the imbalance of supply and demand, an overdeveloped emphasis on homeownership, and failure to support alternative tenures, together with the reliance on cheap debt, all stretched financial sustainability and resulted in economically vulnerable home buyers. Measures such as rapid reductions in central bank interest rates were widely deployed and they have been slow to return to 'normality' so that at least in some countries strong exposures remain. It is also clear that there was no universal financial crisis and its impact varied significantly between countries.

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